Cara Dillon returning in 2019

Our first artist announced for the 2019 festival, is the utterly sublime Cara Dillon.

Boasting “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” (MOJO magazine), Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been achieving exceptional acclaim and captivating audiences for over 20 years – including a great many on her maiden voyage to Orkney in 2010.

Cara’s legions of fans will attest to impassioned performances, where every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through life of experience singing traditional songs, whilst her warm and natural stage presence is something to savour. Cara and her trio – including husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman – will be performing a selection of favourites from across her career, as well as material from her heralded 2017 album, Wanderer (“gorgeous stuff”, The Guardian).

See you in 2019!

Thank you all for a fantastic 36th Orkney Folk Festival!

Once again, the streets of Stromness thronged with visitors from within and outwith Orkney providing the perfect backdrop for the majority of the events of the weekend.

Delivering such a bumper programme of events spread across the county simply does not happen without the many volunteers who, in support of the all-volunteer committee, give so freely and enthusiastically of their time. Without such commitment, staging a festival of this size simply would not be possible. Co-ordinating the inputs of so many is a task in itself and a huge vote of thanks goes to all who played their part so well. Thanks must also go to the townsfolk and businesses of Stromness who supported the closure of the street on both Saturday and Sunday in order that we might parade, sing and dance in front of the new outdoor stage.

Special thanks must go to our funders and sponsors. This support ensures that the festival is able to take to Orkney some of the finest musicians from near and far, and to draw visitors to our shores undoubtedly making a very significant contribution...

Ticket Update – 20 May (four days to go)

With just four days to go ’til the festival begins, here’s our current ticket availability. Many events are now are down to single figures, and in total we’ve sold over 6,100 tickets – on a par with the last few years’ record sales. There is always a rush in the few days leading up to the festival, so don’t leave it too late and risk missing out…


School’s Out Concert – 10am – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Stromness Concert – 7.30pm – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Sanday Ceilidh – 7.30pm – Sanday Community School
Song Club – 10.30pm – Royal Hotel, Stromness – LAST FEW!

Talk – 10.30am – Stromness Church of Scotland
The Gathering: Generations – 1pm – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Family Concert – 2pm – Stromness Academy
St Ninian’s Concert – 2.30pm – St Ninian’s Church, Deerness
Cathedral Concert – 7.30pm – St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall – LIMITED
Harray Ceilidh – 7.30pm – Harray Community Centre – LAST FEW!
Finstown Concert – 7.30pm – Firth Community Centre – LAST FEW!
Festival Club – 10.30pm – The Stromness Hotel – LAST FEW!

Tickets now on sale… and selling fast!

Roll up, roll up… get your tickets now for the 36th Orkney Folk Festival, whilst you still can.

After two very busy release weekends, we are currently (Friday 4 May) on 17 sold out events, across the festival’s 35  – however that does mean that we still have a great selection of events with tickets still available.

Thursday night is now completely sold out, but there are still tickets left across Friday-Sunday’s programme. Some are down to their last few tickets, though, so don’t put it off – head over to our tickets page and check out some of the fantastic gigs and artists on offer.